A trusty purveyor of melodic feels since 2002, Oslo-based electronic outfit and longtime Beatservice affiliates Flunk follow up to the 2017-released 'Chemistry and Math' with their seventh full-length, 'History of Everything Ever'. Comprised of eleven songs, the album patches together trademark elements of soul-healing downtempo electronics and naive pop, infused in Nordic mystique and faded Americana tropes.
Cutting a path of light in the night, slo-mo ballad "Down Here/Moon Above' catches us in its kaleidoscopic web right away. Innervated by the sensuous vocal flow of lead-singer Anja, the song takes us on a melancholic trip down memory lane where sensitive strings and heartbeat-like rhythmic pulse entangle in one rivetingly cold-warm ballet. More dynamic yet laid-back in equal measure, 'Fingertips' merges the carefree charm of childhood-like lullabies with verbed-out guitar riffs straight out the 90's pop continuum.
Shrouded in the bright yet delicate hues of a summer voyage from the mountains to the sea, 'Midsummer' conquers with its flavourful elixir of nostalgic folk riffs and velveteen vox by the bonfire. Muted and languid to the full, 'Pullover' tickles another sweet spot with its Portishead-ian ambience and abstract geometry, hatching into a further Tricky-esque piece of trip-hop magnetism on the addictively steamy 'What Is Love?'.
Pulling out a fine mix of two-step rhythms, heartrending violins and hazy boreal atmospheres, the highly cinematic 'Fate (or Coincidence)' has us traveling to welcoming ghostly lands and Anja's voice is our vessel. More subdued, neo-classical-imbued affairs, 'Ashes To Ashes' and 'Under The Covers' are pared-down soul-to-soul chatters whereas 'I Get You' highlights once more the band's love for US folk music, but with a vaporous post-modern spin a la The XX.
Luxuriant and lyrical at first, 'In The Dark' ebbs and tides back to a quieter atmospheric vibe as Anja's voice guides us into quicksands of smouldering FX and dissolving envelopes. True to Flunk's ever moody melodic approach, the album's closer 'Cute Fluffy Thing' oscillates between wistful, tear-jerking let-go and vibrant hopefulness, certainly paving the way to brighter, more radiant tomorrows.
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